A woman recreates famous looks from paintings

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Victoria Gray

Pretty as a picture is a phrase that can truly be applied to this woman's photographic project recreating looks and hairstyles from famous works of art.

Sabinna Rachimova was born in Russia and grew up in Vienna before moving to London. She and her boyfriend David noticed that Sabinna was “wearing the exact same dress and make-up as one of the painted ladies” at an exhibition they were visiting one day, and decided to create a project based around the idea of re-imagining looks from works of art.

From a painting by Amanda Blake. Image: Broken Cookies

The couple have been posting their series From a Painting on their blog Broken Cookies since 2013.

They have drawn inspiration from artists such as Roy Lichenstein and Jean Gabriel Domergue, as well as other early 20th century artists and illustrations by contemporary artists, and even vintage Vogue covers.

A look inspired by the Vogue cover of July 1939. Image: Broken Cookies

Sabinna draws on the hair and make up styles of the subjects as well as wearing clothes as closely matched to those of the subject in the pictures as possible. As a fashion designer and recent graduate of the Central St Martins art school in London, her passion for style helps inspire the looks based around the paintings the couple have chosen.

The couple's pictures have been a great success on the blog, generating suggestions from readers about which paintings to recreate next. They wrote on one post "We both have to say that we love shooting these posts, it is always so much fun to recreate all these wonderful paintings and to get outfit inspirations in such an unusual way."

We can't wait to see what they come up with next. Scroll down to see more From A Painting shots.

From a painting by Amanda Davies. Image: Broken Cookies

From a painting by Winold Reiss. Image: Broken Cookies

From a painting by Veronica Andrievskaya Image: Broken Cookies

Words: Victoria Gray, Images: Broken Cookies


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Victoria Gray

Victoria is a contributor for She covers lifestyle and food pieces for the site. When on the internet she can be found tweeting feverishly about Great British Bake Off, and offline she is never happier than when in the company of some wine and cheese.

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